We only thought we wanted a séance
During my early middle school and high school years I watched the TV show Dark Shadows, I had a friend who read tarot cards and eventually got a Ouija board. Now whether or not you believe in conjuring up spirits, Ouija boards were always fascinating if not a little cheesy.
We decided one night that we wanted to have a séance. I don't know who or what we thought we would summon from beyond, but, we were going to try anyway. Knowing very little of what it required to begin, we just took our cues from what we had seen on The Twilight Zone, Outer Limits and of course my staple Dark Shadows.
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We gathered in our kitchen, in a tiny circle (there were only 3 of us) with the lights down low. Behind us was a huge old stove that had a high back. On it was a clock with a lighted dial that came on when you clicked a button.
We began with all seriousness and in very short order ended in sheer terror when suddenly the light on the clock began to flicker and scared us silly. You could have heard our hearts pounding a mile away. To the three of us, scared out of our wits young people, this was no doubt a visitor from the spirit world. I don't think we ever moved that fast at any other point and time in our lives.
Most likely it was a simple electrical short or power surge that had caused a flicker in the stove clock, or was it... I will leave that up to you to decide.
By Christine Quimbley